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First question 1 year 9 months ago #5599

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All,

So, got the WEPS (Pro Pack 1), and was extremely pleased with the packing in the box, as well as the all around quality of the device.

But, as so many others have seen, the edge I got on my first knife was, bluntly (har har) terrible.

One thing I'm wondering about is that in the documents it says to make sure the stone doesn't come off the edge of the knife. So, my question is, does that include the tip? I haven't seen any good videos that show whether the person is basically pulling away with the stone as it reaches the end, or are they running off the tip of the blade continuing the "arc". I think it would probably take a top down slow motion video to really see this, so I figured I'd just ask instead.

Anyone?
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Re: First question 1 year 9 months ago #5600

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I initially tried running the stone beyond the tip in an "imaginary arc" like you described but didn't like that.

I learned to just stop when the tip is about half way across the stone. It's pretty easy to tell.
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Re: First question 1 year 9 months ago #5601

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Okay. Yeah, I figured I might end up rounding off the tip. =/ I'm going to try again tonight and not go off the tip.

Anyone else do this this way?
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Re: First question 1 year 9 months ago #5604

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I was going to add a bit more to my post... but you're fast. :)

If you watch some of Clay's videos, you'll notice that he can "attack the blade" from any direction... heel to tip or tip to heel, while going edge trailing or edge leading. By learning to stop at the tip... it made it easier to start at the tip if I want to change directions and still do a edge trailing stroke. This helps if, for example, I want to change the direction of the striations left by the stone... which influences how the knife cuts, or I want to work a particular section a bit more.

I also found that, by running off the tip, you may not round it necessarily (although that does happen), but you'll keep sharpening the tip away and forming a new one with each stroke. This can cause a subtle (at first) change to the blade profile... until all of a sudden you notice your knife has a totally new shape. (This isn't WE specific btw... it can happen with just about any sharpening method).
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Re: First question 1 year 9 months ago #5605

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That makes sense, and what I was probably experiencing. The crappy edge I got probably was the result of not fully developing the burr on the knife, which I figured would happen, I just need to take longer.

Thanks for the input. I'm going to try some more tonight. Will post back with results.
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Re: First question 1 year 9 months ago #5615

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Working with the tip of a knife is definitely the most challenging part to develop a technique for, when you're first starting out. I still have to get some more practice with the fore-aft placement in the clamp to match the blade's curve, which can definitely impact the profile if you hurry through that stage to get to the sharpening process. One of the first tasks I took up after practicing on some junky blades was to restore the edge on my tanto blade Hogue, which has served as a great knife to focus on handling the stones properly to keep the geometry crisp.

Definitely be patient on your first few tries, you'll get a feel for the burr forming and how each stone does. Later on you can use the 200 and 400 for restoring edges that aren't too bad, once you practice a bit and get a good idea how fast each grit removes metal. Also you'll probably go overboard initially and end up with a REALLY hardcore burr :)
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